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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just got an Ocicat kitten and she keeps trying to eat my other cats food (who is 15months old and on adult food). Is the kitten going to get enough nutrition and calories from eating adult food half the time? I always move her to her own bowl when I catch her, and the other cat doesnt want to share anyway. Suggestions?

it's only been two days since I brought the kitten home, so maybe she will figure out which bowl is hers? this is my first time having two indoor cat...
post #2 of 18
Can your kitten jump? If not place the adult cat food UP some place, will your older cat eat the kitten food if it's what's on the ground? The extra protine is hard on adult cats kidneys. And yes your young one needs the extra goodies in the kitten food. Best of luck.
K.
post #3 of 18
You can give both of them kitten food for a few months, or mix adult and kitten in together.

I switched mine at 4-5 months, and Ana never ate kitten food since coming to live with me, but dry was a small part of their diet.
post #4 of 18
What food are you feeding the older one??? one kitten food ???
post #5 of 18
When we got Charlie, he was in the library room with his own kitten food for several weeks. I don't free feed, so it was not that much to keep them apart. When Charlie was confined to the library, he got to free feed; when allowed loose the food was taken up.

I switched him to adult foods at 5 months; then they ate on the counter in the basement in separate bowls. For awhile I'd watch them so they would not eat out of each other's bowls. They know which is theirs. Jack will probably be trained to eat on the other table in the basement. I don't think that 3 cats will share the counter space

I would confine No Name Yet to a room and give her an extra meal of kitten food. Adult food won't hurt her (is she 4 months old?).
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Little no name (We really need to name her!) was born March 23, so shes about 11 weeks old I guess....

My adult cat is eating a mix of SD and Wellness (she's not liking the switch to Wellness) and the kitten is eating a mix of Nutro natural choice kitten and purina kitten chow (she'll be eating nutro only soon). Wet food is a mix of wellness and nutro in kitten and cat types. I free feed the dry food, and theyget wet food whenever I think theyll eat some

It's funny the adult cat doesnt seem to be very interested in the kitten food, and I think the kitten just wants any food So cats do learn where 'their' bowl is?
post #7 of 18
Yes they can ... learn whose bowl is who ... can you tell if the kitten has a preference for the wellness or sd ???
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
The kitten was eating a raw meat diet before I got her. Then I forgot to buy kitten food when I brought her home so my SO had to get some kitten chow from 7-11 at midnight. the next day I got her good food, so thats why the mix of food.

That's a good question about which cat food the kitten prefers, I hadn't thought of that. I'll probably just switch them both to Nutro anyway, kitten and cat formulas.

Another weird thing, the kitten has been raised on raw meat since being weened a few weeks ago, but she loves dry food!? I give her wet kitten food, but she dives into the dry stuff. Wasn't expecting that.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Meowers View Post
The kitten was eating a raw meat diet before I got her. Then I forgot to buy kitten food when I brought her home so my SO had to get some kitten chow from 7-11 at midnight. the next day I got her good food, so thats why the mix of food.

That's a good question about which cat food the kitten prefers, I hadn't thought of that. I'll probably just switch them both to Nutro anyway, kitten and cat formulas.

Another weird thing, the kitten has been raised on raw meat since being weened a few weeks ago, but she loves dry food!? I give her wet kitten food, but she dives into the dry stuff. Wasn't expecting that.
many dry foods [especially the cheaper brands] are treated w/flavor enhancers.
not that i recommend this - but Cable, Firefox & Java didn't get kitten kibble ever... i have had at least 1 slightly portly adult at all times when each of them was acquired. i did supplement the kibble w/wet food, & Firefox got a lot of KMR, since she was underweight - anyway, they've all done just fine!
post #10 of 18
What if you went with a "all life stages" food like Felidae or Innova Evo etc..
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by *Pepper* View Post
What if you went with a "all life stages" food like Felidae or Innova Evo etc..
I was thinking that too. If you're planning on switching your adult cat to a new food anyway, and all stages might be a good idea. As long as your adult cat doesn't over eat, you can free feed both of them the same food with an all stages. Origen is all stages as well.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yep, I'll probably try Innova next since Kitty doesnt like Wellness, and they seem to like eating next to each other. The kitten was a little skinny when I picked herup for some reason, so I just want to make sure she gets alot of calories and good stuff.
post #13 of 18
i think you should called your new one 'Unamed' [pronounced you-nahm-ed, btw] seriously, when are you gonna name her?
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Jusst waiting to agree on a name with my SO.

I like Chocolate Dolce Kisses, Coco, and Clover...
post #15 of 18
I know its too common, but given your other cat is Kitty, calling the new little one "Kisses" for short would be too similar. So I'd go with Coco for her Or Dotty (for her spots).
post #16 of 18
my two get kitten chow once and a while but for the most part they get adult cat food which they love
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
So today the kitten let me know she likes Wellness cat food the best (side by side dish test). I figure it's because Wellness is the most like a raw diet. So I'm just mixing a little of the Wellness in her kitten chow for now at least. I have 3 half full bags of cat food open now she also is taking L-lysine now, cause the vet today said she isn't sure if she has a cold or herpes but I know she doesn't have herpes, it's a reaction to her vaccine shots...

Oh yeah, and I named her Holly (short for Hollywood Chocolate Kiss). I think Holly is a sweet name for a sweet kitten, and she is from Hollywood
post #18 of 18
I did the switch 3 days ago. And we all went cold turky so to speak. I had no more open Cat Chow, so went to get new foods, I picked EVO kibble, cus wet foods make everyone poop water. I feed them way too much..LOL one puked all food up. So now I know, EVO is such a high quality I am feeding WAY less at a time. They love the EVO!! So what if it is $40.00 for 15 pounds...... OMG! I am spending $ 65.00 for a tank of gas.....

Just my 2 cents
K.
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